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These are the most important features hikers need on their smartwatch

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Sunday Runday

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In this weekly column, Android Central Fitness Editor Michael Hicks talks about the world of wearables, apps, and fitness tech related to running and health, in his quest to get faster and more fit.

The most popular smartwatches are great for casual turn-by-turn navigation with Google or Apple Maps. But for hikers who need detailed maps, trailhead data, SOS tools, and so on, it’s difficult to find one perfect hiking watch that has everything.

You’ll want to look at fitness smartwatches with the capability to download offline GPX maps or topographic maps for treks in remote areas with no cell coverage, along with other niche navigation tools. On the other hand, you may prefer a traditional smartwatch that offers cellular support in case your phone dies or access to third-party map apps like AllTrails that a typical fitness watch can’t support.

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